Boston Red Sox Receive – RHP Jake Peavy (from White Sox), Brayan Villareal (from Tigers)
Detroit Tigers Receive – SS/3B Jose Iglesias (from Red Sox)
Chicago White Sox Receive – OF Avisail Garcia (from Tigers), RHP J.B. Wendelken (from Red Sox), RHP Francelis Montas (from Red Sox), SS Cleuluis Rondon (from Red Sox)
What It Means For The Red Sox:
Clearly they are taking their chances and going for a title. With Clay Buchholz’ return unknown and Jon Lester struggling (despite showing signs recently), Peavy should step into the top of the Red Sox rotation and give the team a steady presence. There had once been concerns that he couldn’t thrive away from Petco Park, but those have long been proven false.
The bigger question is what will happen on the left side of the Red Sox infield, most notably at 3B. There are three possible solutions:
- A trade for a veteran like Michael Young
- Will Middlebrooks gets yet another opportunity
- Xander Bogaerts is recalled
It doesn’t look like Bogaerts’ promotion is imminent, with early word being that it will be Brock Holt getting recalled. That said, with his ability to play both SS and 3B and his immense talent, it is hard to imagine Bogaerts not joining Boston before long. Even if they were to acquire someone to man the hot corner, is the team comfortable with Stephen Drew at shortstop?
Bogaerts should be considered a must add option if he is still sitting on the waiver wire.
What It Means For The Tigers:
A suspension is looming for Jhonny Peralta, due to his link to Biogenesis, so the acquisition of a shortstop makes complete sense. While Iglesias showed potential with the bat, he’s hardly an offensive force (he’s hitting .330, courtesy of an unsustainable .376 BABIP). What he brings is a significant upgrade to the team’s defense up the middle, something that should make the team’s starting pitchers extremely happy.
That’s going to be his biggest impact and his fantasy value is minimal.
The trade of Avisail Garcia should ensure the addition of Nick Castellanos, at some point, as the team continues to look for help in the outfield. That said, they will likely for him to heat back up (.212, 2 HR in July) before a move is made.
What It Means For The White Sox:
This could be the first in a series of moves as the team looks to retool. Avisail Garcia should step immediately into the team’s outfield, with experience in the Majors each of the past two seasons. Baseball America ranked him as the team’s second best prospect prior to the season saying:
“Dubbed “Little Miggy” by his teammates for his physical resemblance to Miguel Cabrera, Garcia has a similar stance, set-up and swing to his fellow countryman. He doesn’t have Cabrera’s upside, but Garcia is loaded with tools and could become an average hitter with above-average power. He cut down on his strikeouts in 2012, but he’s overly aggressive at the plate and rarely walks. He has the brute strength to get away with hitting pitchers’ pitches and Garcia has a surprising athleticism considering his size. He’s an average runner with good instincts who could be a 20-20 threat in the majors.”
At Triple-A this season he had 33 K over 171 AB (a 21.1% strikeout rate). That’s not a crippling number, though the power is still developing for the 22-year old. In five-outfielder formats he is well worth adding.
None of the prospects they received from the Red Sox were included in Baseball America’s Top 10 prior to the season and none appear to be major fantasy impact players in the short-term (and possibly long-term). Montas is a 20-year old RHP who has been working at Single-A this season. In 19 games (18 starts) he has a 5.70 ERA, 96 K and 32 BB over 85.1 IP,
Wendelken also is at Single-A, but working as a reliever. In 65.0 IP he owns a 2.77 ERA, 54 K and 20 BB.
Rondon is just 19-years old, hitting .276 with 1 HR and 6 SB in 123 AB in Short Season Single-A.
Quick Fantasy Guidelines Of Impacted Players:
Jake Peavy – No Change
Xander Bogaerts – Must Add Option; should be up some time soon
Jose Iglesias – Little Fantasy Appeal
Nick Castellanos – Should get an opportunity, though not until he warms back up
Avisail Garcia – Must Add Option in 5-Outfielder Formats